Friday, March 6, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) by Linda Kage

Title: With Every Heartbeat
Series: Forbidden Men #4
Author: Linda Kage
Genre: New Adult. Romance.
Publish Date: March 2, 2015
Review Source: eARC

*New Adult Romance*
**Explicit Scenes and Language**

I used to think everything was black and white, truth or lie, easy or hard, that if I could just escape my strict, overbearing, abusive father, my life would be perfect. But since I’ve found a reason to risk his wrath and leave, to help a friend in need, I’ve come to realize everything I thought I knew is wrong. 

Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn’t even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and is the most painful thing of all. 

Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me.

-Zoey Blakeland

*Don't worry! The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*

*I read With Every Heartbeat as a standalone!*

We are introduced to Quinn Hamilton in the fourth book in the Forbidden Men Series. Quinn is an inexperienced man who has the pleasure of dating his one and only, Cora. Cora i an outgoing, snarky, witch who plays a large part throughout the entire book. Enter in Zoey, who is Cora's best friend, and a goody two shoes girl who is thrown into the college party life within the first chapter of the book. Cora seems to not exactly care about how Zoey gets along in college; after all, Zoey moved in with Cora in order to assist with her sickness.

When Quinn shows Zoey some sort of compassion, there is no reason as to why Zoey would fall instantly for him. I mean, after Cora has been going behind Quinn's back, how is hard not to despise her?! I think it really helped that Quinn, and Zoey seem to come from the same abusive childhood that they both suffered through. The characters were very well written, and it was really a great book that was easy to breeze through.

While the synopsis leads on that there is an alternative plan happening between Zoey, and Quinn it was very refreshing to know that the two of them stayed true to Cora on both sides. The fact that even through all the crap Cora continued to put Quinn, and Zoey through, and they continued to stay honest to her, is totally beyond me. Linda Kage did a wonderful job with her characters keeping true to themselves, and not having a huge blow-up, drag out cheating scheme take place in With Every Heartbeat.

With Every Heartbeat was really a great read! There were a few things that I felt are answered in previous books, and would suggest reading the other books in the series prior to this one. This, again is just a great book. The characters were well written, the drama was not overdone, and it was a simple, easy book to get through without having too many questions that made me want to put it down.

Again, a great read but had I read the previous books, I feel I would be more connected to the characters, as well as understand a bit more of everyone's back story. A great read, that is well deserving of the 4 Bars I am giving!

As I swept inside the front doors of the library, I started grinning. Even the possibility of getting to see him had my blood pounding with excitement. I didn’t have to search; I went straight to our spot. But as I turned down the aisle of books that led there, I slowed to a stop. He wasn’t there.

My shoulders slumped. But then a breath later, two arms slid around my waist, making me squeak in surprise. I was pulled back against a hard chest I’d recognize anywhere.

“You came.” His voice was filled with wonder before he spun me around.

His smile created a buzz that echoed through my entire body. I grinned back and touched his dimple; my lips hurt from stretching them so far. His own smile widened. And then he was pulling me up to his level and kissing me.

“God, Zoey. I can’t resist you in a pair of jeans or even shorts. But a skirt—” He shook his head even as his palms caught my bare thighs and smoothed their way up the outsides, right under my skirt. “You want to kill me, don’t you?”

Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part her world, and she’s so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.


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